Ellen DeGeneres is in some hot water following a sketch which aired on a recent episode of her talk show, ‘The Ellen Show.’ Parodying Nicki Minaj and her, uh, famous assets, many are calling out the spoof for being racist and body-shaming.
In a short clip from The Ellen Show, Ellen DeGeneres and co. were able to obtain a “very exclusive sneak peek” of Nicki Minaj‘s upcoming sitcom, which is based on her childhood. In the spoof, which aired on the Oct. 12 episode, we see a childhood Nicki, fully endowed with Nicki’s very adult behind. While the spoof may have seemed harmless in the abstract, many are slamming Ellen and her show for its offensive nature in regards to both race and women’s bodies. Watch it below and see for yourself.
As a young Nicki barrels down the stairs, as seen in the clip, she turns to reveal a made-huge-for-comedy booty. It’s meant to be funny to see such a large bottom on a mere child, and the “joke” is dragged on as it’s revealed Nicki’s mother and father have similarly large butts, which they can’t seem to keep from knocking things over.
The sketch concludes with the family’s struggle to fit together on a single couch. You can watch the whole bit RIGHT HERE (though, if you don’t want to after reading a description, we don’t blame you).
Understandably, many are confused and downright angry about the sketch, begging the question, what exactly was meant to be funny? As feminist website Jezebel put it, “It’s a joke, except it reduces Nicki Minaj to just an ass. She’s served us lots of ass, but so much more than that, too. She’s given us plenty of quirks, plenty of attitude, plenty of facial ticks, plenty of wigs. This skit is at least lazy, at least casually racist. How did this make it on the air?”
What do you guys think of the skit? Was it completely offensive, or are those angered overreacting?
— Casey Mink